Beginner's Guides

Our women's beginner guides to cycling are packed with tips, tricks and guides to help you get started in your newfound hobby.

04Oct
04Oct

Nowadays it feels like we're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a jacket to get us through the winter cycling season. Is that a blessing or a curse? We think the former. With so many styles and performance features now available specifically for women, it gives you the chance to really pinpoint THE perfect jacket for your cycling needs.

30Sep
30Sep

VeloVixen's own Fran Whyte, a seasoned cyclocross fanatic, reveals how cyclocross could be your answer to year round cycling - and why it's just plain fun!

19Jun
19Jun

Let's face it, the UK's not famous for blazing heat. When the mercury passes 20c we're prone to flapping about as though we're living in the Dubai desert. Fans and paddling pools sell out, and public fountains are gridlocked. But it can, and most years it does at some point...

20Apr
20Apr

Saddle discomfort is one of the most talked about subjects among female cyclists. Despite what you may believe, you really don't have to put up with it. So what's the key to keeping your "peach" happy? Some good padding is a starter for ten. All our shorts are women's specific, but here's an inside look at four of our favourites.

23Mar
23Mar

Is there a better feeling than spinning along the lanes feeling the warmth of the sun and breeze against your legs? For me, this brings back memories of childhood, long days spent playing down at the BMX track, always in shorts (I remember this well due to the amount of times my mother smothered my scraped knees with iodine).

This got me thinking, when is it time to get the legs out? Surely simply because the sun is shining isn’t enough.

03Mar
03Mar

So you've got that chafing in your intimate downstairs area sorted, but NOW the only thing getting you down is your sports bra strap rubbing a hole in your skin, or perhaps you're suffering from a killer BLISTER. Whatever it is, we’ve got just the thing…

02Mar
02Mar

There are LOADS of chamois creams, gels and wipes out there, so what makes this one any different? Well, let’s start by making things real simple. We condensed the bulk into a lovely list of facts...

12Jan
12Jan

Are You a Reluctant Cyclist?

Posted in Beginner's Guides Inspiration By Joyce Brereton, Designer & Founder at As Bold As

Our friend, cyclewear designer and founder at As Bold As, Joyce Brererton, lends some enthusiasm and motivation to her friend Joni whose tendancy to procrastinate often leaves her feeling a bit reluctant to get out on her bike.

05Jan
05Jan

10 Ways to Make Winter Cycling Safer

Posted in Beginner's Guides Inspiration Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

Cycling doesn’t need to end when the clocks go back, but with the days nearing their very shortest it’s smart to pay special attention to safety during these darker months. Here are 10 ways to cycle safely in winter...

21Oct
21Oct

The first time I rode my bike up a hill I had to get off and push. I pushed my bike over the brow of the hill and slumped down on the verge to admire the view. I had no sense of satisfaction, I had hardly justified a rest, but my wobbly legs needed to regroup. The pros make it all look so easy, so effortless. The reality, I found, was somewhat different...

17Oct
17Oct

Ever wanted to get a proper bike fit but failed to find the right time/person to do it?

One of the UK's top bike fitters, Dr Bryan Roberts, can solve your conundrum! Here's Bryan's fascinating 40 minute video insight into how to adjust your bike yourself to make yourself more comfortable - and faster!

26Aug
26Aug

8 Tips for New Challenges & Pre-Race Nerves

Posted in Beginner's Guides Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

If you're wondering how to calm your nerves before a cycling race or event, read these 8 tips first to make your women's cycling race a memorable one.

05Aug
05Aug

Anna's Legs designer and TV cycling presenter Anna Glowinski knows a few things about how to stay comfortable on a ride - this video is as close as we've come to a definitive guide.

05Jul
05Jul

It may seem counterintuitive adding another layer into your summer kit mix, but, believe it or not, it can actually help keep you cooler. Find out how...

26Jun
26Jun

We were all beginners once. Kirsty can certainly attest to that. Sharing experiences from her first foray into the world of sportives, Kirsty hopes you learn from her hard-earned mistakes.

23Jun
23Jun

Is your cycle ride giving you grief downstairs? Don't be embarrassed or feel like you have to put up with it. Chamois Cream may be your ticket to an ouch-free ride!

16Jun
16Jun

We share some simple top tips on how to combat soreness from your saddle.

15Jun
15Jun

Slip into Clipless

Posted in Beginner's Guides By Lara Dunn, former Editor of Women's Cycling Magazine

Lara Dunn attempts to help smooth the sometimes bumpy transition from flat pedals to clipless.

07Jun
07Jun

As with any new hobby, it’s hard to know exactly what kit you really need to get started. Our beginner’s guide to cycle clothing will help you understand the absolute essentials to make your journey into cycling as comfortable as possible.

10May
10May

How to Ride in a Group

Posted in Beginner's Guides Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott. Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

So what’s the scoop with group riding etiquette? Riding with pals can be so much fun, so let’s get up to speed on how to behave on a club run to ensure you make (and keep) those riding buddies.

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